DUTTON- Army veteran Donald D. "Quack" Johnson, a former farmer, rancher and mechanic died in an automobile accident August 5, 2014 near Dutton, MT.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held Monday, Aug.11, at 10 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Dutton. Cremation has taken place with Gorder-Jensen Funeral Home and interment will follow in the Dutton Cemetery. A reception will then be held at the Dutton American Legion.
Lifelong Montana native, Don, was born November 18, 1932 in Great Falls, MT, the son of Millard and Bertha Johnson. He was raised and educated in Dutton, graduating in 1953. He was then drafted into the Army and stationed in Ulm, Germany during the Korean War.
Don married Lee Walsted in 1955. They had three children before divorcing in 1976. The couple farmed and ranched north of Browning and operated a Conoco gas station in East Glacier before moving to Choteau where he farmed once again. Don then moved to Dutton, using his mechanic/handyman skills at the Farmers Mercantile and his own shop, "D and R Repair" which he operated with son Rick. In 1986 he moved to Great Falls and married Linda Sherrard, whom he later divorced.
Don had a special place in his heart for his granddaughters. That love was evident by the many pictures he had everywhere. He was especially attached to his dogs, Buddy, Missy, and Pebbles. Don was a very entertaining man often being the center of attention. He was an avid dancer who loved putting his skills on display. Gardening and caring for flowers were his some of his favorite pastimes. His friends were many, and he will truly be missed by all.
Don recently moved back to Dutton in July, 2012, residing in the Sunshine Trail Lodge with his constant companion Pebbles who accompanied him on his final journey.
He is survived by his son, Rick Johnson of Dutton, daughter, Sandy (Larry) Klotz of Missoula ; granddaughters, Rachael (Jake) Donovan and Alyssa Klotz of Missoula, great-granddaughter Elayna Donovan; sister, Bev Loch of Dutton and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter at birth, a daughter, Dawn Lee Johnson and brothers Eugene Johnson and Walter Johnson.
In-lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Dutton Senior Center or the Dutton American Legion.